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We pride ourselves on hiring the best, most highly qualified and experienced team of educators to support our very diverse student needs.  We highly regard certifications, experiences, sense of humor and passion to impact kids’ academic and emotional growth.

Highly Qualified






Brenda LaneBrenda Lane
I am a fourth generation educator and have spent the last 22 years as a teacher, administrator and District leader. I completed my Master’s degree with the University of Colorado at Denver in Administration, Leadership and Policy where I moved on to administration in schools overseas at the American International School of Costa Rica and in Colorado School Districts.

I design the Learning Adventures that truly ignite your child’s desire to learn.

Adriana SantacolomaAdriana Santacoloma
I have spent my entire professional career (33+ years) working in schools as a teacher, administrator and school District leader. ​I am committed to the success of kids, academically, socially, and emotionally. I have worked with parents for many years answering questions they may have about their child’s education and coaching them to successful navigation of school district policy and school procedures.

I completed my Master’s degree with the University of Colorado at Denver in Administration, Leadership and Policy Studies.


All Sciences, ACT, SAT, PSAT 10, MCAT

Kiyomi currently works in sports medicine research at Children’s Hospital Colorado, applying an academic lens to the injuries she once treated as a Ski Patroller at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Prior to moving to the Rocky Mountains she studied Social Studies at Harvard University, focusing on medical anthropology and the experience of health care in America. While in college, she was an active outdoor leader, peer adviser, and dancer. She is available to tutor all sciences, ACT, SAT, and MCAT.
Stephanie B.
Stephanie B.Tutor
Reading/Math K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Stephanie is a South Carolina native with a Special and Elementary Education degree from Anderson University. Prior to moving to Denver, Stephanie taught elementary and middle school students at a national recognized model school from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) in Columbia, South Carolina. There she was able to obtain her Orton-Gillingham certification while working under many OG Fellows. Her husband’s Family Medicine Residency moved them to Denver, Colorado in May of 2015. She spent time working for Aurora Public Schools before she joined the eXL Learning team. Colorado has quickly become home and you can find her exploring the beautiful state with her husband and dog when she’s not tutoring!
Reading K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Mari Martin is a native to the west slope of Colorado. She recently moved to Denver to be near family and take on the role of part-time Granny-Nanny to her new baby granddaughter. She lived on the eastern slope in the distance past when she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. Mari spent the last 35 years involve in Early Childhood Education in Dolores, Colorado. When her three children were preschool age Mari opened The Children’s House Preschool, and served as the school’s director. During this time she returned to school for her Elementary Education Teacher Certification. The success of the preschool landed her a position with Colorado State University, working on a five-year research grant targeting preschool-aged children and their parents. She wrote the DARE to be You Preschool Children’s Curriculum and The Ute Mountain Ute ABC Book, both published by CSU. From there she entered the classroom at Dolores Elementary School and taught K-2 for the past 23 years. She was trained early in her teaching career in the Spalding Method, a precursor to the Orton-Gillingham Method. Mari completed her Orton-Gillingham training with Ron Yoshimoto, Hawaii Department of Education’s Statewide Special Education Literacy Resource Teacher Trainer, in both basic OG and Morphology. Her training also includes certification from The International Readers Theater Institute, which she attended in Montreal, Canada.
High School Math, SAT, ACT, PSAT 10

Nabil is currently a high school math teacher in Denver Public Schools, and has taught in schools from New York City, where he earned his Masters in Education, Michigan, where he grew up and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Summit County, where he became a certified ski and snowboard coach. He has taught in the classroom since 2006 and has tutored students for over fifteen years in subject levels ranging from elementary through college. Whether he is teaching tricks in the terrain park or test-taking strategies, Nabil most enjoys seeing his students gain confidence in their abilities and develop a love of learning.
CleaHomeschool Resources Director
Writing Tutor

Clea Edelblute, Homeschool Resources Director, provides outreach to homeschoolers and serves as a liaison between exl learning educators and homeschooling families. She is a homeschooling mom, published writer, and licensed teacher. She recognizes that homeschooling families are looking to “hack school,” building a unique program for their unique kid. Her own kids attend Denver Options, take other classes in the Denver metro area, and unschool. Clea is here to help you figure out your homeschooling plan while satisfying Colorado State homeschool law. And I will help our teachers understand how homeschoolers fly a little bit differently.
Stephanie S.
Stephanie S.Tutor
Elementary Reading, Math K-6

Stephanie is a Denver native and Denver Public Schools graduate. She attended University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified to teach children from birth to 6th grade. Stephanie currently teaches at Denver Jewish Day School in 2nd Grade. During the summer, she works for a variety of summer camps where her passion of teaching outdoor skills and a love for nature is fulfilled. When not tutoring, she is reading, snuggling with her kitten, hiking, or kayaking​.
Elementary & Middle School Reading and Math

Elia grew up in Shorewood, Minnesota. She has an undergraduate from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Literacy. Elia currently teaches kindergarten-fifth grade English Language Development and Literacy in Denver Public Schools. When she’s not in the classroom you can find her in the mountains skiing, hiking or trail running.
Early Childhood Specialist

​Heather is a preschool program coordinator and teacher. She attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and a multiple subject teaching credential in 2010. She taught public elementary school for four years in Thousand Oaks, CA and for one year in Denver. She has a passion for hands-on, project-based learning and a love of sports and the outdoors.
Elementary Math and Reading

Katie is an Elementary School teacher serving the Far Northeast region of Denver Public Schools. She has experience teaching students from 1st grade to 6th grade and loves reading and math! She has been passionate about reading her entire life and received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. She then graduated from University of California with a Master’s Degree in Education. In her free time she loves to travel to anywhere with an ocean or to be spending time with her family and two dogs, Molly and Henry.
Certified Dyslexia Tutor

Mrs. Alfina Wilson is a veteran Master’s Level Special Educator with over 20 years of experience teaching students with special needs of all ages, from a 2.5 year-old preschooler to adult learners. A Certified Special Education Teacher in the State of Colorado and Hawaii, Mrs. Wilson carries a Master’s degrees in Information Systems and Special Education. She has taught children from all 13 categories of the IDEA eligibility criteria, including Autism Spectrum/Pervasive Developmental Disorders, ADD/ADHD, and Learning Disabilities that include Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia for the past 12 years. Mrs. Wilson is trained and certified in Orton Gillingham by the State of Hawaii Dept. of Education. She was trained directly by Ron Yoshimoto, who was the Hawaii Dept. of Education’s Statewide Special Education Literacy Resource Teacher Trainer. In addition, Mrs. Wilson is also trained in the Wilson FUNdation and Wilson Reading Program, which is the more “children friendly” version of the Orton Gillingham methods, for which she attended annual training conducted by the Colorado Department of Education under Robert Frantum Allen. Most importantly, Mrs. Wilson has 100% success rate. She works with student’s strengths and focuses on what they do well and uses these as the building blocks to build the skills which will be used to fill in the “holes” in their academic skills that need filling up.
Secondary Chemistry, Physics & Math

Michael is currently working at Lockheed Martin as a System Safety Engineer on the GOES Program. He has a wife that is currently a Family Medicine Resident at Rose and two dogs. Michael went to school at Texas A&M University (Whoop!) where he graduated with a B.S in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Chemistry. If you can’t tell, he loves chemistry! When he is not working or tutoring, Michael is hiking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, or just enjoying the outdoors during all seasons. Michael is available to tutor Math, Chemistry, and Physics.
Math K-8, Dyslexia Reading Support

Alexandra is a K-8th grade Math and Literacy tutor. She attended CU with a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education, and is a Colorado licensed teacher. She is passionate about involving students in their learning, and helps students build confidence in their abilities. She uses hands on, multi-modal strategies and has experience as an interventionist and a classroom teacher. In her free time, she enjoys skydiving, snowboarding, and other outdoor adventures.
CeciliaLearning Facilitator
Homework Help, Math ​K-7

Cecilia is a native of Colorado. She Graduated from Metropolitan State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Minor in Reading. She also has a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Colorado Denver. She Retired from Denver Public Schools in 2012 after serving the district for 24 years, teaching 5th grade most of my career and also as a math intervention teacher for 6th-8th grade. I enjoy doing activities with my family on the weekends and bowling with my husband during the week. ​Cecilia runs the exl learning lab after school ensuring that kids get their homework done right the first time and ready to hand in.
K-12 Academic coaching, Language Arts, Reading, Writing

Will, a Denver native, has a BA in Religion and Psychology from Bowdoin College in Maine and first taught in South Africa during his semester abroad in 2012. Captivated by the work, he went on to teach in Maine, Denver, Thailand, and, most recently, Laos. He spent the previous year in Laos’ capital, Vientiane, as a teacher at the National University of Laos and the American Embassy, an opportunity provided by a Fulbright grant.

An avid lover of books, Will spends much of his free time reading. He also loves chess, traveling, the outdoors, and music. Next year, he hopes to attend graduate school to study Buddhism. He aims to become a teacher, either at the secondary or post-secondary level

Reading, Writing, Math K-8

​Tristan is a native Coloradan who earned her Bachelors of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado. After College, Tristan moved to south Texas to provide speech therapy and intervention services to elementary school aged children. After a rewarding 5 years, she moved back to the Denver Metro area and began as a tutor for students in Grades K-8 focusing on Mathematics, Language Arts, Executive Functioning, Organizational and Study skills. Tristan’s instructional approach is caring, patient and encouraging. In her spare time, she enjoys taking weekend trips around the state with her husband and daughter.
High School Math, Sciences, ACT & SAT Prep

Andrea (also goes by Andi) is currently a medical student at the University of Colorado. She grew up and attended High School in Dallas. She then came to Boulder, CO for her undergrad at CU.

After graduating, she worked for a few years in molecular genetics research, then continued on to graduate school at CU Denver where she received an M.S. degree in Biology. Andrea has taken the SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT, and has previously tutored students in ACT, SAT, and MCAT.

“I love teaching and besides test prep, I have taught undergraduate physiology, biology, and molecular genetics courses. When I’m not studying, I like to run and be active or do something artistic.”​

Elementary Reading, Math, Spanish

​Shannon is a Denver native with a BA degree in Spanish from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and MA in Urban Education from the University of Denver. After living in different parts of the country, she returned to Denver in 2003 and began her teaching career. She has taught in English and in Spanish. Shannon has received training and certification in Guided Reading Plus, a reading intervention modeled after Reading Recovery. Currently, she works as an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language), teaching students in grades kindergarten through fifth. When she is not working with her students, she enjoys gardening, road trips, and spending time with her teenage son and their golden retriever.
JessicaLearning Facilitator
Learning Adventures, Homeschool STEM

Jessica loves to create things. Anythings. Learning is her life. She has an infectious, unquenchable thirst for knowledge and wants that same passion for learning for everyone that she teaches. She has studied game design and 3D environmental prop making, and found her passion in teaching children after being a mentor for an Innovators Academy where she facilitated innovation, human centered design, and marketing skills to middle school students. “It’s amazing to see the growth of a student when they’re given the opportunity to create and the respect they deserve to be fully confident in their abilities as an innovator.”
EvanLearning Facilitator
Learning Adventures, Homeschool STEM

Evan McCandless has been an artist for most of his life. As a child, Evan grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and eventually attended the University of Colorado in Denver, graduating with a BFA in 3D Animation and a minor in Art History. He has always had a love of art and science, with a passion for blending the two subjects.

He is proficient with 3D printers, woodworking equipment, gadgetry, crafts, painting and musical instruments of many kinds. He has many years of experience with 3D programs such as Maya, Unity, The Unreal Engine, and Zbrush. He is also proficient with Photoshop, After Effects, a bit of Illustrator and several music recording programs, such as Ableton, Logic, and ProTools.

One day, he would like to be a member of the first band to play a concert on the moon.

AmberLearning Facilitator
Learning Adventures, Homeschool STEM

​​Amber Greenlee has been working for over 15 years in film, television, and comic books. Her credits include Sonic the Hedgehog, Transylvania Television, and Thumb Wars. Filming a is problem solving activity that involves a great deal of forethought, planning, and attention to detail.
“Building something complicated isn’t impossible, but it does take patience with one’s self. These are all skills that the next generation must learn to be successful adults. Each class uses teamwork to play off of each other and work together to make something greater than if we had worked alone. Putting in the work yields a finished result of a movie, puppet, or other creation they had made themselves.” Her other artistic areas of expertise include: digital illustration, traditional pen and ink, watercolor, sculpture, puppeteering, and acrylic paint.
Secondary Math, Sciences, ACT, SAT

Acadia is currently a student at University of Colorado: Denver. Prior to this, he worked as a Denver Math Fellows at the Denver Institute for International Studies at Montebello where he taught and tutored 9th grade math in small groups.

Acadia earned his BA in mathematics at Whittier College in California where he was awarded several fellowships for his work in math. When not working or in class, you can find him running, climbing, or bouldering.

Reading/Math K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Sarah is a 2nd grade teacher in Denver and is originally from Overland Park, Kansas. In 2013, she received her Bachelors in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics from Emporia State University. Soon after, she and her husband moved to Denver where they enjoy easy access to adventures like rock climbing, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. They love to spend time in the mountains with their dog, Gipson.

Sarah completed her Masters in Education from Regis University and became a licensed Reading Specialist. She currently heads the Literacy Committee at her school and tutors students in reading skills. In addition, she has completed an intensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction and incorporates this daily into whole group and small group classroom instruction as well as one-on-one tutoring. She is excited to continue her passion for the teaching of reading at eXL Learning!

Reading/Math K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Brianne has been teaching in schools around the Denver Metro for the past four years. She has worked with grades K-3 and is currently a first grade teacher. She is also certified in Orton-Gillingham and uses this instructional method on a daily basis to help second-language learners thoroughly understand the phonetic code of English.

Brianne is passionate about helping her students to read and to write. In her spare time, Brianne loves to see the beautiful things happening in Denver with her husband.

Math K-8, Reading-Lang Arts Middle School

Meryl is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has worked as a sixth grade math teacher for the past few years at a Denver charter school. Before she entered education, she worked as an engineer in Richmond, Virginia where she designed municipal water systems. She also spent a year teaching English in a village in beautiful Costa Rica. When Meryl isn’t teaching, she likes to ski with her husband and spend time with her wonderful son, Ian.

Nathan is a teacher of middle and high school technology at an APS charter. He has a passion for STEM education that extends to his own 3 children. He is also a musician who can be found most weekends playing various instruments at gigs around town. When not playing music or teaching, Nathan likes to hang with his family, cook, and work on his house.

Acadia earned his BA in mathematics at Whittier College in California where he was awarded several fellowships for his work in math. When not working or in class, you can find him running, climbing, or bouldering.

Reading, Writing, Math K-5

​Hannah is a first grade teacher with a love of authentic, exciting learning! She believes learning is messy, silly, and that kids are the most natural learners of us all. She hopes to always inspire kids to tap into their natural curiosity and wonder, so they find the joy in learning for themselves and become lifelong learners. When she is not at school, she loves to read, hike with her husband and two dogs, try to grow something other than weeds in her garden, and explore all the fun Denver has to offer.


Join our highly qualified and experienced team of educators in supporting our very diverse student needs